Life, Style

All Dressed Up

Last week, I almost collapsed from exhaustion. I’d procrastinated on putting together a presentation for a conference, presented twice, was super-stressed about the check engine light coming on in my car, and had a loooong to-do list at work even though I was out of town for the conference. I might have over-extended myself just a tiny bit.

But everything was fine. I kicked ass in two conference presentations, got to see a lot of fun library-friends, and hey, that to-do list will still be there when I head into my office. I survived. So even though I might have felt more inclined to sit around and watch season 6 of The Vampire Diaries which just appeared on Netflix, I got dressed up and went to my cousin’s wedding.

Molly Ralph Lauren floral dress

I sometimes stress out about what to wear on special occasions. When my little brother got married last December, it took me forever to find a dress. And for some reason, I have this thing about not repeating a special occasion dress at a family wedding. I just don’t want people to look back in pictures and be like “oh, that’s the black dress Molly always wore to weddings.”

That’s why when I see a dress I love, I just go ahead and buy it so I have something on hand. I bought this Ralph Lauren dress from Nordstrom’s at the end of the summer, and I was glad I did. I don’t normally go for floral prints, but this understated magnolia print is classy but fun. Though it’s no longer available in this color, this dress in red and navy is the same cut. Molly in alley

For accessories, I kept it simple with an old strand of pearls from Talbots (similar here) (rather than my real ones, which I’m always afraid to lose) and the regular black Coach purse (similar here) I’d been carrying all week, because I didn’t want to bother with switching to a clutch. I even switched out my regular blue glasses, which are a bit casual, for my tortoiseshell pair from Warby Parker that are not quite a comfortable but a little dressier.

I have lots of heels, but when I know I’m going to be walking or dancing, I just prefer not to make my feet ache by wearing them, which is why I’m so glad I found these dressy flats at TJ Maxx.Molly Ralph Lauren Dress

They’re D’orsay style with little black crystals around the heel (similar here), and fancier than the Borns I wear to work or with jeans. Nine West shoes always fit me, and these are no exception. They are comfortable after hours of dancing and climbing eight flights of stairs to the rooftop reception.  Molly on Roof

dress Ralph Lauren | same style different print
shoes Nine West | similar
pearls Talbots | similar
purse Coach | similar
glasses Warby Parker | exact

Molly and Nathan

Of course, what you really need as an accessory for any wedding is a dancing partner, and thought Mister BS of course embarrassed me in front of my family by taking selfies on random cell phones, telling silly jokes, and dancing with my cousin’s new husband during the dollar dance (whom he had never met), we still had a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t trade him for anything.

Oh, weddings. I’ve got another one later this month, but for a close friend, rather than the big Catholic weddings we have in my family. Even after a long week, getting all dressed up for a night out is fun!


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